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I opened my office in Redding, California to provide the public with quality legal services at a reasonable cost. I will fairly represent you, and your phone calls will be returned in a timely manner. I understand that dealing with the legal system can be difficult, costly and disruptive. I will do my best to help you through these difficult times so that you may move on with your life. Although I prefer to see parties agree on the issues presented by divorce or child custody, in the event that this is not possible I will represent you in court, while also being cognizant of the high cost of litigating. I will try my best to keep the costs down.

As an alternative to a contested divorce, I recommend that couples first attempt to settle out of court. Divorce is a landmark event, often emotionally and financially devastating. After years of litigating divorces in court and alternatively working with divorcing couples out of court, my preference is to work with both parties to the divorce, consulting with them and helping them make informed decisions throughout the divorce. Making their own decisions rather than the judge making their decisions for them typically leaves both parties with the feeling that the result was fair and equitable. 

Furthermore, couples who divorce out of court have more assets to divide. The money saved in attorney’s fees remains part of the couple’s assets that they will divide amongst themselves. When couples battle over custody and visitation of the children in the court system, the negativity that ensues resonates to the children. Furthermore, the parents know their children’s needs and their particular situations better than the courts. The court deals with a multitude of cases each day and does not always have the time or the resources to delve into each family’s particular needs. When handling a divorce in this manner, I remain completely unbiased, no matter who is paying for my services or who first contacted me.

If for whatever reason the couple cannot agree on all the issues and one or both of them decide to go to court, at that time, each party would be free to retain another attorney of their choosing. I would not represent either party. In the unlikely event that this should occur, there is a good chance that most of the issues will already be resolved and only one or a few limited issues cannot be agreed upon, thereby limiting the cost and time involved in bringing it before the court compared to what it would have entailed if they had never tried to settle out of court.

Please call for a free consultation.

I look forward to meeting with you.



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Karen C. Smith, Attorney at Law
1558 West St Ste 3
Redding, CA 96001
Phone: (530) 244-9998
In Business Since 1987

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Mon - Thu: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Fri: 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sat - Sun: Closed
Appointments Available